(Closed) Afternoon Wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How should the reception be?
    String Quartet for entertainment sounds lovely! : (10 votes)
    53 %
    You definitely need DJ/Band for the reception! : (9 votes)
    47 %
    Other (Explain!) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I will always rather hear the real song rather than some band’s version of it. So even if it’s in the afternoon and it’s not a party/dancing atmosphere because of the time, DJ still gets my vote. 

    Post # 4
    3718 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Dixiesgirl:  I think that could be great! We were at a wedding that had a folk trio that was awesome. There was no dancing, just awesome background music and we loved it (and we are the dance all night type)

    Post # 6
    3586 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2000

    @Dixiesgirl:  Please please invite me to your wedding with a string quartet! PLEASE!!!!!!

    By “everyone expects a DJ” you may mean that everyone has attended the same cookie cutter weddings and I guess they have. I like the sounds of yours much better.

    Post # 7
    3718 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Dixiesgirl:  We drank and talked for hours (like 4 or 5). No one was a mess and we loved it! Honestly, it was as different as could be from my wedding, but the most fun wedding I have been to. 

    Post # 8
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I personally love live music, so if you do an afternoon wedding with no dancing, then that is a great way to do it. The reception would end up on the shorter end, but you could always have lawn games and the like to keep guests entertained, and they’ll mingle plenty.

    If you’re doing an evening reception with dancing though, then a DJ seems best.

    Post # 10
    1429 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Hello…I was in the same situation that you were. We decided to go with a string quartet instead of a D.J. Our wedding was on a Sunday afternoon.

    I kept wondering how this would go over with the guests. Every wedding I had ever been to had a D.J., and I wondered if people would be disappointed if we did not have one.

    Turned out to be beautiful. We received many compliments. One woman came up to me and told me it was an elegant, classy wedding.

    We did it a little differently than what you are planning. We hired them for 4 hours (then paid them to stay for an extra half hour). They played music during the ceremony held outside. They played jazzy music during the cocktail hour while we were outside taking pictures. After dinner, they played our first dance and then some music people could dance to.

    People did dance, although not many. I think this had to do with our wedding being small, not the quartet. No one seemed to mind, though.

    I also worried about people leaving once the music stopped. Ceremony was at noon, music stopped at 4:30 and people started to leave around 5, not too long after bar closed. That was OK with us.

    Easier to make dancing less a part of it during the day than at night. People expect more of a party at night. Add an activity to keep people interested/engaged. We had everyone on dance floor for group picture, than asked the married couples to stay on the dance floor. They were asked to line up by how long married (they had to talk to each other and figure it out), then my friend went down the line with a microphone and asked each couple for words of advice for us. Some of the advice was funny and got the room laughing. At some of the sweeter suggestions, there was applause. At the end, I presented my bouquet to the woman who had been married the longest.

    If it is a small wedding, you don’t need a D.J. to make all the announcements. A friend can do it, and it seems more intimate.

    Although it is hard to do something different, it can be well worth it. Many people do not like the blaring D.J. music.



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